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Tuesday, May 24 • 13:30 - 14:30
The relaxation response to reduce anxiety

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Anxiety disorders in animals are characterised by physiological signs associated with dominance of the sympathetic nervous system. Successful treatment of behaviour cases relies upon developing a reliable relaxation response in the patient. The relaxation response describes the physiological state where the parasympathetic response dominates. In the parasympathetic dominate state the brain is calm and the limbic system is subordinate to the higher executive functions allowing formation of declarative or factual memories- learning can occur. The relaxation response is encouraged through behavioural therapy geared towards reducing stressful stimuli in the environment, specific exercises to induce relaxation and medication to decrease activity of the limbic system and therefore decrease activation of the sympathetic system. In combination these help develop new neural pathways that control behaviours such as remaining calm, relaxed and responsive to the owner

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Jacqui Ley

Veterinary Psychiatry, VBSA/MVSC
Dr Jacqui Ley graduated from Melbourne University Veterinary School in 1995 and became a Registered Specialist in Veterinary Behaviour in 20XX after gaining her Fellowship to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science and her Diplomat of the European College of Animal... Read More →

Tuesday May 24, 2016 13:30 - 14:30 ACST
Hall N Adelaide Convention Centre